You’ve no doubt seen pictures on the web or on someone’s phone of say a two-headed cow, unnaturally grown bones, humans with horns r tails and thought yeah really? Nice use of photoshop.

Teratology is the study of the reality of birth-defects, abnormal development and may extend to include delayed developmen with any case that may not present an immediate structural abnormality.

An estimated 10% of birth defects are caused by exposure to teratogenic agents during the prenatal period. These agents may be drugs, medication, infections, diseases or environmental exposures to name but a few.

A pretty useful resource for a person with a passing curiosity would be the Mutter Museum.

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